Chippy festival offers a taste of literature for all

Sheila Hancock (photo Clara Molden)
Sheila Hancock (photo Clara Molden)

The countdown is under way to this year’s Chipping Norton Literary Festival with another enthralling line-up of literary talent on offer.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which takes place from Thursday, April 23 to Sunday, April 26.

Headline speakers will include Sheila Hancock, Lee Child, Richard and Judy, 
David Baddiel and Helen Lederer.

Crime lovers will be treated to talks by MC Beaton and international bestelling author SJ Watson, who will discuss his new novel, Second Life, and showcase a film version of his debut thriller, Before I Go To Sleep.

Fans of political writing will have the opportunity to hear from John Crace and Polly Toynbee, as well as Baroness Trumpington.

Also on the list are The Times Chief Sports Correspondent Matt Dickinson, The Humans author Matt Haig and award-winning children’s author Peter Horacek.

Fans of The Archers can hear actor Tim Bentinck and producer Sean O’Connor discuss Britain’s best-loved and longest running radio drama.

As well as the talks, there is a varied programme of events for all ages, including creative writing workshops, performance poetry and literary quiz.

A free photography exhibition, Writers Not Writing, commissioned by local photographer Jane Stillwell, will offer a window into the lives of writers away from their desks, including Banbury Guardian editor Jason Gibbins as you’ve never seen him before.

Festival director Clare Mackintosh said: “We offer a diverse programme of events visitors can enjoy in a beautiful Cotswolds setting.

“We’re now in the fourth year of the festival, which is going from strength to strength, and I’m delighted with this year’s line-up.

“We bring big names into intimate, local venues, which means that audiences benefit from an up-close and personal atmosphere.”

Tickets are on sale at: www.chiplitfest.com/